Urban Mobility

Innovative answers for individual transport

HafenCity is crisscrossed by flood-secure roads which safeguard its links to the rest of the city. Parked vehicles are almost all swallowed up by spacious underground garages, which leaves roadside areas free for attractive landscaping

Photo shows cars on Brooksbrücke bridge; the Oval on Am Kaiserkai can be seen in the background

When HafenCity is completed, it will see around 90,000 car trips per day; four existing road bridges currently link it to the present-day city area (© ELBE&FLUT)

Four existing road bridges connect HafenCity with Hamburg city center. The central connecting axis is formed by Am Sandtorkai and Brooktorkai, the streets running east-west to the south of the Speicherstadt. Traffic then fans out onto several roads towards the south; the principal routes at Shanghaiallee and Osakaallee.  Eastern HafenCity is accessed via Überseeallee and Versmannstrasse, which channel traffic as far as the Elbe River bridges.

The entire road network has been laid out at 7.5 to 8 meters above sea level, which is out of reach of flood waters. The only exceptions are the streets Am Sandtorkai and parts of Brooktorkai. In the case of the latter, elevating the carriageways would have severely constrained the character and use of the historic warehouse buildings that border it.

Areas adjoining roads, including sidewalks or parking bays, are being made ready successively as and when adjacent buildings are finished. Since roads would otherwise be considerably damaged by construction traffic, they are initially given just a temporary surface. Final surfacing takes place at a later stage.

Although the district will have to absorb 90,000 car trips per day in future, the effects of motorized individual transport have been reduced radically: large areas of HafenCity, such as almost the whole Überseequartier as well as the 27 hectares of open space, will remain free of cars. And almost all parked vehicles will disappear into the car garages in flood-secure plinths or the basements of buildings, which will eventually house 26,000 parking slots. To increase traffic handling efficiency, at least three of HafenCity’s public car parks (Speicherstadt, Überseequartier and Elbphilharmonie) are integrated into the city center parking guidance and information system.

Since relatively few parking spaces will be available above ground, areas adjoining roadways can be configured into attractive accessible space. Once planted with trees and provided with high quality street furniture, they invite people to stroll or take a break - especially if they are close to the water.